5 interesting facts about the Taj Mahal

Updated on Aug 29, 2018 by Stacey Parsons

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Are you considering a visit to the iconic Taj Mahal? Here are 5 facts about this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site...

Listed as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, the Taj Mahal is one of the world's most iconic buildings, and for good reason. Its magnificent grandeur makes it exceptionally popular with both domestic and international tourists, and if you're considering a visit to India, we highly recommend you incorporate a trip to this unforgettable landmark. 

To pique your intrigue further, we've pulled together 5 interesting facts about the Taj Mahal...

1. The Taj Mahal was built by over 22,000 labourers, painters, stonecutters and artists...

2. And it took an incredible 17 years to complete.

3. According to legend, the Emperor Shah Jahan had also planned on building a black marble Taj Mahal on the other side of Yamuna River, however the war with his son stopped his plans.

4. All four sides of the Taj Majal are perfectly identical and create a perfect mirror image.

Image credit: Pangfolio.com | Shutterstock

5. Over 1,000 elephants were used to help transport construction materials used to build the Taj Mahal. 


If you'd like to visit this marvellous building for yourself, take a look at our India Golden Triangle Tour, or our selection of other North India tours, where you can include Ranthambore National Park to spot Bengal Tigers or take a toy train ride past the Himalayan peaks to Shimla and explore the Golden Temple of Amritsar.  

Header image credit: Luciano Mortula | Shutterstock


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